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Lan Deng

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Lan Deng’s research and teaching interests fall broadly in the areas of housing, real estate, and local public finance. She is particularly interested in examining and evaluating the different types of interventions directed towards housing and real estate development. These interventions include formal government housing programs as well as grassroots community-based initiatives. As an expert on affordable housing policies and affordable housing finance, Prof. Deng has studied extensively the Low-income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program, the largest affordable housing production program in the United States. She has published work that examines the economic efficiency of the LIHTC program, how it compares with the housing choice voucher program, and what neighborhood impacts the LIHTC-funded affordable housing developments have generated. Her current research examines the year-15 challenges LIHTC projects face. Prof. Deng has also expanded her research to examine housing market dynamics and housing policy issues in China.

Currently Prof. Deng has three ongoing research projects. First, in collaboration with Prof. Margaret Dewar, Prof. Deng is examining the challenges Low-income Housing Tax Credit projects in Detroit face at year 15 to develop strategies that can help preserve them. Second, Prof. Deng, Prof. Dewar and Prof. June Manning Thomas have continued their multi-year efforts to study community-based efforts in preserving Detroit’s middle- and working-class neighborhoods. Third, working with Prof. Jie Chen in China, Prof. Deng has also been examining the efficiency and equity issues in China’s Housing Provident Fund (HPF) program, one of the most important housing finance programs in China.

Prof. Deng is the faculty director for the interdisciplinary Real Estate Development Graduate Certificate program at the University of Michigan, the most popular graduate certificate in Rackham Graduate School. She is also a faculty associate for the Center for Chinese Studies and China Data Center at the University of Michigan. Prof Deng serves on the Management Board for the leading international journal Housing Studies.

Professor Deng holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning (2004) from University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. (1999), and B.S. (1996) from Peking University, China.

Selected Publications:

  • Lan Deng, Eric Seymour, Margaret Dewar, June Manning Thomas. 2017. Saving Strong Neighborhoods from the Destruction of Mortgage Foreclosures, the Impact of Community-based Efforts in Detroit, Michigan. Forthcoming in Housing Policy Debate.
  • Lan Deng and Zhu XiaoDi.  2014. From Public Housing to Joint Ventures: Lessons from the U.S. Housing Policy Development. in The Future of Public Housing: Ongoing Trends in the East and the West. P.181-198. Edited by Jie Chen, Mark Stephens, Joyce Yanyun Man. Springer (Springer-Verlag GmbH, Germany).
    Chinese version:公共住房的未来:东西方的现状与趋势  第11章: 从公共住房到公私合作: 美国住房政策演变的经验和教训.中信出版社.北京.  2015年.
  • Jie Chen and Lan Deng (Corresponding Author). 2014. Financing Affordable Housing through Compulsory Saving: the Two-decade Experience of Housing Provident Fund in China. Housing Studies 29(7): 937-958.
  • Lan Deng. 2013. Building Affordable Housing in Cities after Abandonment: The Case of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Developments in Detroit. in The City after Abandonment, 41-63. Edited by Margaret Dewar and June Manning Thomas. The University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia.
  • Lan Deng and Lance Freeman. 2011. Planning for Evaluation: Using Regression Discontinuity to Evaluate Targeted Place-Based Programs. Journal of Planning Education and Research 31(3): 308-318.
  • Lan Deng. 2011. Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Developments and Neighborhood Changes. Housing Studies 26(6): 867-895. (Reprinted in Virtual Special Issue: A North America Focus Housing Studies, 2016: http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/pgas/hs-vsi-north-america)
  • Lan Deng, Qingyun Shen, and Lin Wang. 2011. The Emerging Housing Policy Framework in China. Journal of Planning Literature 26(2): 168-183.
  • Lan Deng. 2011. The External Neighborhood Effects of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Projects Built by Three Sectors. Journal of Urban Affairs 33(2): 143-165.
  • Lan Deng. 2010. The Value of Regulating Building Façade. Journal of Architecture and Planning Research 27(4): 271-286.
  • Lan Deng. 2007. Comparing the Effects of Housing Vouchers and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits on Neighborhood Integration and School Quality. Journal of Planning Education and Research 27: 20-35.
  • Lan Deng. 2005. The Cost-Effectiveness of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Relative to Vouchers: Evidence from Six Metropolitan Areas. Housing Policy Debate 16(3/4): 469-511.